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Don Perata's Biography

Don Richard Perata (born April 30, 1945) is a California Democratic politician, who was President pro tempore of the California State Senate from 2004 to 2008. He came in second place in the November 2010 ballot for Mayor of Oakland. Perata now runs a political consultancy company

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  • Yee's bills in limbo after fall from grace

      News Source: KTUV | 12 days ago
    State Senator Leland Yee's sudden fall from grace puts his work in the legislature in limbo. Yee had 22 bills in the pipeline and they include one that is controversial: gun control. SB 47 would ban the sales of rifles with what's called a "bullet
  • Steinberg's Senate leadership finds its own dark cloud

      News Source: San Jose Mercury News | 17 days ago
    When Darrell Steinberg succeeded Don Perata as the state Senate's leader in 2008, many Capitol observers believed it would usher in a new era of political ethics. Now, as his time in the Senate draws to a close at the end of this year, Steinberg, 54,
  • Oakland: Mayor Jean Quan still trails mayoral money race

      News Source: Contra Costa Times | 3 months ago
    Nearly $600,000 poured into campaign coffers of Oakland mayoral candidates last year, with the incumbent, Jean Quan, trailing in the money chase as Election Day approaches. Port Commissioner Bryan Parker, a political neophyte, raised the most money

Don Perata Blogs

  • Gun-rights backers decry Leland Yee's hypocrisy - Political ...

      Blog Source: | 17 days ago
    Dianne Feinstein and former state Senate President Don Perata for having concealed-carry permits. Perata let his permit lapse before publicly giving up his handgun in 2008, though he said he still kept a shotgun at home for self-defense.
  • How to Become a Vanguard: Learning from Socialist ...

      Blog Source: | 17 days ago
    In 2010, Jean Quan lost the money race to Don Perata but beat him in votes thanks to the process of elimination mechanism that gives voters second and third choices; she won by being the second choice of the majority instead of the first ...
  • GUN WATCH: CA-From 2008:Oakland's Gun Buyback Misfires

      Blog Source: | 2 months ago
    On Feb. 9, Oakland police, led by state Sen. Don Perata, D-Oakland, offered to buy handguns and assault weapons for $250 each, “no questions asked, no ID required.” The “One Less Gun” buyback program attracted so many eager sellers ...

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